A note from an elementary school student led Vegas police to find the remains of a missing toddler

The note sent Tuesday morning with the child was a plea for help, with her mother writing that she was being held captive by her boyfriend and believed her other child may be dead, the Department of Health said. the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police in a statement. Press release Wednesday.

Officers attended the home on Tuesday, where they detained the boyfriend, Brandon Toseland, LVMPD said.

The mother told police that Toseland abused her and would not let her out of the house alone or into the garage, the statement said. She told them the last time she saw her child, described by police as a toddler, was in December.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene and found the child’s remains in a freezer in the garage, the statement said.

Toseland, 35, was arrested and charged with open murder and two counts of kidnapping, the statement said. CNN was unable to determine if he had legal representation and could not reach him.

Police said the Clark County Coroner’s Office will identify the remains and work to determine the cause of death.

More than one-third of women and men in the United States have experienced domestic violence or stalking, according to the 2015 National Intimate Partners and Sexual Violence Survey conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last spring, the Biden administration announced it was allocating $200 million from the U.S. bailout to support services for survivors of domestic violence following an increase in cases during pandemic shutdowns.
Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the National Domestic Violence Helplinea service that connects victims of domestic violence with local resources 24 hours a day.

Martha K. Merrill